With an aim to curb the fake news, WhatsApp which is a Facebook owned instant messaging platform today revealed that it has now globally lowered the forward limits for the chats, according to a report by Reuters.
“Starting today, WhatsApp will be implementing this change, globally, i.e. all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once,” the Facebook-owned platform said in a blog post.
Before that, WhatsApp allowed the users across the globe to forward the messages for up to 20 chats either in groups or individually.
“The new change will continue to help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts,” it added.
With the several measures to be taken by the Indian government on the WhatsApp failure to check the spread of the fake news and bad content on its platform, the messaging platform last year rolled out its forward messaging limit to 5 chats for more than 200 million users in the country.
In the report and notices, the Ministry of the IT and Electronics revealed that WhatsApp had been requested to come up with some of the effective solutions that can bring in the facilitate enforcement of law and accountability in identifying the fake news.
In the month of August 2018, Union IT Minister of India Ravi Shankar Prasad told visiting WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels to comply with some of the Indian laws and take some of the preventive measures to avoid the misuse of WhatsApp in the country.
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